The view from section 405 is probably my favorite view in the house. The seats are high up so that I can see downtown to my left if the roof’s open, but I can still see every play made below me. Plus the tickets are $7 up there, but I still spent $4 on a bottle of water (gross Dasani, not even Ozarka, which is so much better).
FanFest was today. Autograph sessions were sold out by 5 AM, apparently, and I didn’t really want to go to any of them. I arrived around 11, and I wanted to go to one of the “Talkin’ Baseball” seminars but had NO idea where they were. For future reference, Astros peoples, please gimme a map or a schedule or something. The only thing I ended up buying was a baseball cube for the ball a UCLA coach tossed me at the Houston College Classic. I spent most of my time on the first baseline.
Dewey Robinson signed, then Tim Byrdak made it over after him. A guy behind me remarked that he hardly recognized TIm without his trademark glasses. Apparently, Tim got LASIK. And by the way, Tim is pretty. I like him now. Then Doug Brocail came over and got a ball to give to a little girl. I almost cried, it was that cute. But then when he gave up three runs to give up a 4-3 loss in the ninth inning, I lost a little bit of the smile.
Chris Sampson was signing, I already had his autograph, so I went out on a limb and asked him if he would take a picture with me. He did. It was awesome. He is just far too adorable.
As usual, met some cool people down on the first baseline. Then I had to head upstairs, but not before I bought some Papa John’s pizza (so much better than DiGiorno–that stuff was never cooked all the way through). Spent the rest of the game in my seat, drinking water fountain water that was so gross I still feel somewhat ill.
We had three errors, all throwing errors. We gave up a game in the ninth. But there were some good plays. I’m not convinced about this 2009 team yet–Pudge will bring a veteran presence to the clubhouse, but I thought we already had that. Russ Ortiz did a very nice job pitching. Michael Bourn got a hit (WOW).
All in all… I’m going to Opening Day on Monday. That’s all I can commit to thus far.
…and then there’s “retro-losing.”
Yes, last night the ‘Stros had on their retro “rainbow guts” uniforms and THE GAME WASN’T TELEVISED. I have never been so cranky. I can’t believe I missed it! I wish the ‘Stros wore their retro uniforms on Sunday like some teams (Phillies, Blue Jays?) do.
And they retro-lost.
Oh, we came close. But Doug Brocail let the game go. Oh, Dougie. You had been so solid this entire year (except for that Jeter home run). Your recent ERA of 1-ish had been supporting my fantasy team. Oh, Dougie.
How could you?
Once again Wandy goes the distance (ish) and pitches a GREAT game and we can’t get him a W.
Our record in one-run games sucks (10-14), and so does our record in extras (1-1). 1-1, you say, that’s .500! NO, my friend. That means that we can’t get games close enough to make it into extras. Vomit.
But then again, I don’t know much about the rest of this game, considering that I couldn’t watch any of it except Carlos Lee’s homer.
Where Is He Now?
I decided that I absolutely had to get Matt Albers in here, so here he is. Last year was my first year “in baseball,” (OHMIGOSH yes I’ve only been a fan for a year but believe me, I’ve made up for lost time) and my dad and I literally would sit and talk about the team. We both decided that Matt was going to play a key role in the Astros’ future and rotation. Well, Matt was another part of that heartbreaking trade for Miguel Tejada. Don’t get me wrong, I love Miggy, but I was crushed to hear that three of my favorite Astros, Luke Scott, Dennis Sarfate, and Matt had been traded to Baltimore. I wouldn’t even get to see them at Spring Training! So now Matt is excelling in orange, posting an ERA of 2.77. His strikeout-to-walk ratio isn’t very good (25/21) but apparently, it doesn’t matter. He’s kicking butt and taking names as a reliable arm in the Oriole bullpen, and I couldn’t be prouder of the 23rd round pick. Good job, Matt.
And now it’s time for Pointless Ramblings. I do it so often that I decided to name it. And bold it. WOW.
1. Do I really need to reiterate my love for Darin Erstad? His two stellar defensive plays on Friday were just that–stellar. I love this guy.
2. Oh my God. Tulo came back on Friday, just as they said he would. I watched his at-bats from the last two games, and my heart swelled. I’ve never felt such happiness watching a player play. And the Rox are still wearing those black jerseys. I say throw away the others and just wear the lucky blacks. Except the grays with the purple pinstripes are my faves.
3. I’m watching last night’s Baseball Tonight. Two things: Shawn Marcum is hot, and C.C. Sabathia hit a homer! Even more evidence that the DH is silly. I love it.
4. The glove trick worked from the third floor balcony to the ground. Now I just have to actually get it to a park. We’ll see how it works out.
5. Another pitcher gets hit in the face.
6. UBALDO! And the Rox went back-to-back… and Tulo got a hit.
That’s it, really.